Obesity is a global problem, and its prevalence is increasing in most developed and developing countries. This increase in obesity has been paralleled by a rise in the prevalence of weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.
Modifiable risk factors for obesity include diet, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors. Although the role of genetics in obesity is complex and not fully understood, genetic factors can contribute to obesity risk by affecting energy balance (the number of calories consumed versus the number of calories expended), appetite and satiety, metabolism, and fat storage.
Dietary changes are the most effective approach for weight loss and should focus on increasing intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein while reducing intake of refined grains, added sugars, and saturated and trans fats. Physical activity, particularly moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic activity, is also important for weight loss and weight maintenance. Reducing sedentary behaviors, such as television viewing and time spent using a computer, can also help.
For many people, losing weight and keeping it off can be a lifelong challenge. Although there are a number of commercial weight-loss programs available, evidence suggests that most are not effective in the long term. sustainable weight-loss approach that focuses on making lifestyle changes, such as those described above, is more likely to be successful.
Queen Letizia, the stylish and regal consort of King Felipe VI of Spain, is known for her slim figure and impeccable fashion sense. Recently, the Spanish royal showcased her 28-day weight-loss transformation after following an anti-inflammatory diet.
The 47-year-old queen started the diet in early January 2020 and managed to lose 3 kilos, or nearly 7 pounds, in just four weeks. Letizia detailed her weight-loss journey in the February issue of the Spanish women’s magazine, Hola!
While the anti-inflammatory diet is not a new fad diet, it is gaining popularity for its potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved gut health, and reduced inflammation.
The diet is based on the theory that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Therefore, by reducing inflammation, one can reduce the risk of developing diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
To follow the diet, Queen Letizia cut out processed foods, sugar, and refined carbs, and focused on eating whole, unprocessed foods. She also increased her intake of healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory diet, Queen Letizia also increased her physical activity. She reportedly goes for long walks and does light workouts at home.
Queen Letizia’s weight-loss journey is not only inspiring, but it also shows that the anti-inflammatory diet can be an effective way to lose weight. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, this diet may be worth a try.